It’s that time of year again; the dark evenings are drawing in, Christmas shopping is underway, the year is coming to a close and you are, no doubt, wondering how you stack up against your goals for the year and your career plan.
What better time to reflect and evaluate than during your office shutdown. Take time out to unwind from the daily grind and consider whether you are both satisfied at work and on the path to achieving your goals. Decide what you want from a fulfilling career and focus on the direction you need to take in order to achieve this.
Start asking yourself:
Does the company’s values align with your personal values?
Does your job allow you to work to your optimal strengths?
Could you be happy doing your job but somewhere else?
Is your job just about your pay-check or do you feel a sense of purpose?
Do you feel valued at work?
Outside of work, does your job give you the life you want?
Am I happy?!
Increasingly, we look not just for a job, but for a work environment that offers values and a culture that align with our own. Focusing on the work environment and not just the job in question, you are able to establish and choose the environment, job and company that is the best fit for you.
Happy people tend to be successful people. It’s not your success that causes you to be happy but in fact, it’s your being happy which tends to cause success. Research has found that being happy leads to greater productivity, better quality of work, higher income, increased energy, and better physical health. Are you happy at work?
Our strengths uplift us and we enjoy using them and putting them into action. Those who feel they are using their strengths have more positive emotion and boosted self-esteem compared with people who do not feel they are using theirs. Are you utilising your strengths at work?
If you haven’t already noticed the recurring topic in this post, each and every one of us has basic human needs. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, in short, these are security, stability, a sense of belonging, self-esteem, recognition and pursuing inner talent.
So if a new career is on your Christmas wishlist, make the most of this season’s downtime to reflect and realign your career goals. Look inside your current firm first and if what you’re looking for cannot be found, maybe it’s time to look further afield?